The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek

"Keeping Horses in the Heart of our Community"
Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek, CA

Thanks to all who came to the Angels for Minis 
Mini Horse Schooling Show! Sun, Sept. 11, 2016

For info on the Angels for Minis, Mini Horse Rescue go to 

Thanks to all who joined us for our

ECWC's Annual English Western Horse Show
on Sunday, Sept 4th, 2016

Class Results posted at 


MEMBERS: ALWAYS check our calendar to see if there is a special event or if weather requires closure before driving to the arenas!

Questions? email  

You must be a 2016 arena member to ride your horse at will in our beautiful arenas. Go to the membership tab above for more info about joining the ECWC or email our membership Chairperson Sue Howell at

Questions about riding in the arenas? Comments? Please email 

our Vice-President Bill Grant at

or call 925-939-2929
The Contra Costa County Fair Horse Show has been held at our arenas. 
Learn how your child can participate in your local CA 4H Club (there are 9 clubs in Contra Costa County!), the Future Farmers of America or the Contra Costa County Fair Horse show next year. Registration is in September! You can contact Jane VanderWerf by email at 
OR call 925-939-2929 for more info!
2016 ECWC Officers
President: Heather Kozy
Co-Vice Presidents: Bill Grant & Mary Stewart 
Secretary: Marilynn Terstegge 
Treasurer: Nina Dickerson

Please go to the Contact Us tab to see the names of all 2016 Board Members & Committee Chairs!

Welcome to the Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek 

Thank you for visiting our website. The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek is located in the back of Heather Farm Park. If you take a left at the dog park, you will find us. We are small but mighty and we hope you will help us to keep the Equestrian Center open for many years to come. 

Many are not aware that Heather Farm was actually a thoroughbred racehorse training facility, back in the 1920's. But as they say, times changed. Sadly the facility was closed. The good news is Heather Farms was opened to the public in 1970 by the city of Walnut Creek, and the Equestrian Center was built, by the efforts of local equestrians and volunteers. 

One can only imagine what it was like in the 1920's, with horses all over Heather Farm. Now, the only part left in Heather Farm related to horses, are the 2 arenas.  By the support of donations, members and volunteers, it has been kept open. 

Heather Farm is a wonderful open space, with so many things to enjoy. There is a swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, community center, Skate Park, volleyball court, fishing pond, nature pond, six athletic fields, a dog park and the Equestrian Center. There are of course restrooms, and a connection to the Iron Horse Hiking Trail.

The Equestrian Center which we consider the best part of Heather Farm, is a non-profit organization, with the main purpose of keeping the 2 riding arenas open. We welcome any support, donations and would especially love you to join us by becoming a member. The more members we have, the bigger effect we have in the community to keep the Equestrian Center open. You do not need to have a horse to join the Equestrian Center; you only need to have the love of horses in your blood.

We have many events throughout the year, and all are welcome to come and watch. Admission is always free. If you check our calendar page, you can make plans to come and watch the next event, there are bleachers to sit on and a restroom, so all in the family will be comfortable. We have a great Snack Shack, full of tasty treats. So you not only get to enjoy watching the horses, you also get great food to go with it.

We love to educate our members and the public about horses. Horses can do so many wonderful things, and for some reason, they are kind and willing enough to let us do it with them. They are not only magnificent to look at but they are also kind and gentle if treated correctly. You do not need to ride them to enjoy them. Just the sight, smell or touch of these creatures, can bring a smile to the old and young.

So what can you do to help us keep the arenas open and to keep horses in Heather Farm? Well, of course you can become a member, come to our events, volunteer with us for the events or help us keep up maintenance on the arenas. Please go to our membership page to find out how to join. Of course we love donations as well, you have money to spare, we have things to fix!

We do not stable horses onsite, we do not give trail rides, but if you go to local barns and trainers on our site you will find places that do. We do rent out our arenas, for showing and events, please go to arena rentals on our site to get more information.

If you join you will make new friends, you will become more social, and best of all you will be helping us keep the Equestrian Center open for the future. Thank you for visiting, and please spread the word, there are horses in Heather Farms.

Written By Gaye DeRusso

 Professional Photos and Videos on our Website are courtesy of 

Bill Grant, Small Bull Productions

Alan Myers

Andreas Koch 

Michele Nelson

The East Bay Pony Club
MEGA-CLUB Meetings
were held this past spring at ECWC

A gathering of kids from local East Bay pony clubs were held with mounted lessons in the morning, followed by informational sessions in the afternoon with discussions like
"Horse Management" and "Parasites"
Mounted lessons were with Kyana Sazegari, a local intermediate level 3-day eventer who gives a fantastic, challenging lesson with a positive and encouraging attitude. Interested potential members are invited to contact Barbie Roth at for more info on Pony Club. Info for ECWC memberships is available under the Membership tab above. Pony Club members attending these events bring their own horses to ride. ECWC members were also welcome to ride in the small arena during Pony Club mounted lessons. The public is always welcome to come and watch our events!
Tuesday, Nov 22 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, Dec 3 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, Dec 13 at 12:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday, Dec 24 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

We had another fantastic work day for the 2015 Walnut Creek Community Service Day on Sat. Oct 10th. ECWC President Heather Kozy and  a merry band of community volunteers worked on maintenance projects at the Equestrian Center.  Thanks to everyone who helps us keep the ECWC  riding arenas in great shape! Click here to see Walnut Creek TV's video which includes footage shot at ECWC! 

Thanks to all who joined us for the 8th Annual 

ECWC English Western Show 

Saturday, Sept 12th

* 11 High Point Divisions Winners * and show results are posted at 

The 2015 ECWC Mini Horse, Pony & Donkey Schooling show held on Sat., Sept 5th was a blast! Thanks to all of the great folks and horses who attended. We were especially happy to see those of you who have never been to our arenas before! Would you like to learn more about horses? A great way to start is with Mini Horses - the sweet little ambassadors of the Horse World! Contact Mary Stewart, ECWC Board Member and Chairperson for our Mini Horse Events, or go to her Angels for Minis website to inquire about how you can participate in camps, shows and other Mini Horse events at ECWC! ...maybe you can even give a Mini Horse a Forever Home!!!